“There is something beautiful and revitalizing about autumn. When the leaves fall, the world is surrendering. It lets go of the pieces and parts that can no longer serve in a positive way. Trees hold strong to their core and survive the storms; but every good tree knows that as time goes by, the leaves will come back and we all get to begin again.”
Autumn is one of the best metaphors for life. We often want things to stay the same; we take comfort in the familiar and pleasant (spring, summer, green, warmth, etc.). But we know that things, feelings and people change. We believe all of this will be in our lives forever…but suddenly, they fade into the sunset becoming distant memories of our past.
Do not worry–nature, feelings and people change in the natural evolution of the life cycle. When we grow, not everyone will grow with us. Like the leaves, they fall to the ground and go back into the earth. We don’t forget them nor the beauty they brought; we learn from them and use this wisdom to choose the people who will surround us in the future.
Autumn shows us how beautiful it can be to let things go. I have realized that having an autumn soul is a positive thing; gloriously beautiful while dying piece by piece. This dying is shedding the old and opening the doorway to the season that awakens my soul.
Life is preparing to begin again. It is bursting with color that has been hidden all year. Like the leaves, people have Octobers as well and we should embrace this part of our life. Let the worries, anxieties, fears, guilt, shame, negative self-talk, hardened hearts, sadness, ego, hatred and the people who weigh us down fall from us and be carried away by the autumn winds.
“This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold, and the heat and the rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush away in a climatic symphony of color and scent is–in my opinion, one of the best parts about living on earth.” ~Victoria Erickson
If you are one that is saddened by the thought of things dying, of cold weather and less daylight, consider a perspective shift–embrace the glorious color and let your light shine as well. Welcome the cold as a chance to experience warmth between friends and family. On those nights when darkness comes too soon, look up at the magnificent skies gifted by our Creator and see yourself as an amazingly beautiful soul in this universe. Let the crunch of the leaves under your feet be music to your ears as you stomp out the negativity weighing you down.
Change is in the air my friends. Time to let go of the old and eagerly await the rebirth of ourselves and the universe in the spring!